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Underdog Canucks Good Bet to Eliminate Oilers in Game 6

The Vancouver Canucks will likely be the underdog in the NHL odds again on Saturday when they go for the clincher against the host Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series.

J.T Miller scored the game-winning goal with 33 seconds left for a 3-2 victory on Thursday to give the Canucks a chance to advance to the Western finals for the first time since 2011. Vancouver rallied twice in the victory and outshot the Oilers 35-23.

Underdog Canucks Good Bet to Eliminate Oilers in Game 6
Mattias Janmark #13 of the Edmonton Oilers - Derek Cain/Getty Images/AFP

The Canucks are a good bet to end it. They have won four of five games on the road in the playoffs and three of four in Edmonton this season. But the teams have alternated wins in the series.

Leon Draisaitl had an assist for Edmonton and leads the league with 21 playoff points while Oilers superstar Connor McDavid was kept off the scoresheet on Thursday and was -2. Edmonton is 3-2 at home in the postseason.

The Oilers are now +750 in the odds to win the Stanley Cup and Vancouver is +1000.


Canucks vs Oilers Game Information

  • Game: Canucks (3-2) vs Oilers (2-3)
  • Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alb.
  • Day/Time: Saturday, May 18, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Canucks vs Oilers Live Stream: NHL.com


Canucks vs Oilers Odds and Spreads


Canucks vs Oilers BettingTrends

  • The Canucks are 51-42 ATS at the sportsbook this season after winning as a home underdog on Thursday.
  • Under bettors scored in Game 5, but they are just 2-7 in the last nine Edmonton contests.
  • The Canucks have hit the first-period moneyline in just 37 of their last 84 games.
  • Draisaitl has at least a point in all 10 playoff games and 15 in nine outings versus Vancouver this season.
  • Miller has 13 points – six in the series – in nine games against Edmonton in 2023-24.



Penalty Kill Shines for Canuck

Edmonton came into Game 5 with five power-play goals out of 10 chances in the series and 15 in its previous 10 games.

Vancouver put up the stop sign on Thursday.

The Oilers were 0-for-5 with the man advantage and if that continues, they may likely be hitting the golf course soon. Edmonton had just three shots on its five power plays in Game 5.

“I thought we got off to a great start,” McDavid told reporters. “We were really good in the first period, generating chances, generating power plays, and we didn’t do enough capitalizing.”

Edmonton was fourth in the league on the power play in the regular season and Vancouver 17th in penalty killing. Was it just one bad night for the Oilers?.


Changes Pay Off for Canucks

Vancouver coach Rick Tocchet made four changes to his lineup after Game 4 and they all made contributions.

Defenseman Carson Soucy returned after a one-game suspension and scored his first goal of the playoffs. Phillip Di Giuseppe joined the lineup and posted a goal, Vasily Podkolzin was +1 in his first playoff game and Nils Hoglander was back in and had three hits.

“Almost every single guy gave us everything they had,” Tocchet told reporters. “Resilient. I thought the guys were terrific tonight. They really came to play. I thought it was obviously one of our best games in the playoffs.”


Defenseman Noah Juulsen along with forwards Sam Lafferty, Linus Karlsson and Ilya Mikheyev were scratched after playing in Game 4.


Oilers Offense Must Take Charge

Edmonton has 16 goals in the series, but in two of the losses, it only generated 41 combined shots on net.

Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch told reporters that has to change for a team that led the league in the regular season with 33.8 shots on the cage.

“When you don’t have the puck, it looks like you’re chasing the game, and we want to have the puck a lot more and make plays and we just want to play faster, quicker and a little more competitive,” Knoblauch told reporters.

Zach Hyman leads the Oilers with nine goals in the playoffs, but has not scored since potting two in Game 1. McDavid has just one goal in the series if you bet online.



Questions of the Day

Who leads Vancouver in goals during the playoffs?

Brock Boeser. The Canucks forward has seven goals in the postseason and nine in nine games against Edmonton this season. 

Will Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard post a point Saturday?

Yes. The Oilers defenseman has a point in eight of 10 playoff games, but none on Thursday.

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